Master of Human Rights Law

Melbourne Law School

Program Description

Master of Human Rights Law

Melbourne Law School

The Melbourne Law Masters is a graduate law program of the highest quality, available to law and non-law graduates.

The specialisation in human rights law offers the widest range of human rights subjects in Australia. Many world-renowned experts teach in the program, offering students exciting opportunities to examine a range of human rights instruments, institutions, theories and practices in contemporary context. The program is particularly relevant to lawyers currently working, or planning to work, in the field of human rights, as well as those with a non-law background working in development agencies and other human rights-related organisations in Australia and around the world.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Human Rights Law will:

  • Have an advanced and integrated knowledge of international and domestic legal and institutional frameworks for the protection and promotion of human rights
  • Be able to understand and critically examine the interrelationships between international, regional and domestic histories, philosophies, policies and practices of human rights law
  • Be an engaged, informed and open-minded participant in debates about the contested universality of international human rights and its application in diverse domestic jurisdictions
  • Be able to make a sophisticated assessment of the practical effectiveness of different mechanisms for implementing or enforcing human rights, including domestic and regional courts, specialised tribunals, national human rights institutions, human rights treaty bodies, international institutions and specialised agencies, nongovernmental organisations and international criminal courts
  • Have an advanced appreciation of the relationship between law and politics, at the international and domestic levels, in the field of human rights law
  • Have the cognitive and technical skills to independently examine and critically evaluate current issues by reference to international and domestic human rights standards
  • Be able to analyse, interpret and assess the challenges posed to the implementation of international human rights obligations in the context of globalisation, particularly the increased threat to human rights presented by non-state actors and efforts to develop and strengthen accountability protocols and other mechanisms
  • Be able to demonstrate autonomy, expert judgment and responsibility as a practitioner and advocate in the field of human rights law.

Degree Structure

Students must complete eight subjects in total. All students must complete the subject International Human Rights Law.

Students who do not have a law degree from a common law jurisdiction must complete Fundamentals of the Common Law, as well as seven subjects from the prescribed list.

Students with a law degree from a common law jurisdiction must complete at least seven subjects from the prescribed human rights law subjects and may choose an eighth subject from those available in the Melbourne Law Masters (excluding Fundamentals of the Common Law).

FEE-HELP

FEE-HELP is a loan available to eligible Australian citizens for fee-paying graduate coursework programs.

University resources:

  • Options to finance your graduate study
  • Fees - policy and administrative information

Scholarships

International students may be eligible for two categories of Australian scholarships:

  • Australian Awards Scholarships
  • Endeavour Scholarships

Scholarships may also be provided by government and non-government organisations in a students' home country. Please contact the relevant organisation in your country for specific details.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have completed:

  • A degree in law (LLB, JD or equivalent) leading to admission to practice, at honours standard, or equivalent or
  • A degree in law (LLB, JD or equivalent) leading to admission to practice, or equivalent and two years of documented relevant professional experience or
  • An undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline and two years of documented relevant professional experience or
  • An undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline; and successful completion of four subjects in a cognate graduate diploma and one year of documented relevant professional experience.

Selection criteria

In assessing applications, the Selection Committee will consider:

  • Prior academic performance
  • Professional experience (if necessary).

The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Admission and Selection into Course Policy.

Also, in considering whether to admit an applicant the Selection Committee will consider:

  • The quality of the degree(s) that the applicant has previously been awarded
  • The standing and reputation of the university or universities that awarded the degree(s)
  • The duration and type of work experience the applicant has obtained
  • The relevance of the applicant's work experience to the course for which they have applied.

Applicants without legal qualifications should note that subjects are offered in the discipline of law at an advanced graduate level. While every effort will be made to meet the needs of students trained in other fields, concessions will not be made in the general level of instruction or assessment. Most subjects assume the knowledge usually acquired in a degree in law (LLB, JD or equivalent).

English Language Requirements

All applicants must also meet the English language requirements of the University of Melbourne.

You can use TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson Test of English (academic tests) or CAE to meet the University's English language requirements. You must satisfy the requirements in one sitting and within the 24 months preceding application. The University of Melbourne TOEFL Institution Code is 0974.

IELTS* (academic English Only) 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0)
TOEFL (paper-based test)* 577 + TWE 4.5
TOEFL (internet-based test)* 79 +
Writing 21;
Speaking 18;
Reading 13;
Listening 13
Pearson Test of English (Academic) 58-64 inclusive & no communicative skill below 50
Cambridge English: Advanced/ Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) 58 + no less than Borderline in each skill.
*Required scores must be achieved from a single test report, even if you have sat for multiple TOEFL or IELTS tests.

Miscellaneous

Applications are accepted throughout the year. To help ensure subject availability we encourage you to apply as early as possible and preferably before the dates listed below.

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Last updated November 16, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Feb. 2018
July 2018
Duration
Duration
1 - 4 years
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Price
Price
39,424 AUD
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Domestic applicants: 1 December 2017; International applicants: 31 October 2017
Locations
Australia - Melbourne, Victoria
Start date: Feb. 2018
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Domestic applicants: 1 December 2017; International applicants: 31 October 2017
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Start date: July 2018
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Domestic applicants: 1 June 2017; International applicants: 30 April 2017
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Dates
Feb. 2018
Australia - Melbourne, Victoria
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Domestic applicants: 1 December 2017; International applicants: 31 October 2017
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July 2018
Australia - Melbourne, Victoria
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Domestic applicants: 1 June 2017; International applicants: 30 April 2017
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Price
Estimated price: $4,928 per 12.5 credit point subject